Whether you want a quick adrenaline rush or an epic drone shot, bridges on the West Coast have a particular allure for both. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to local treasures, we’ve compiled a short list of some of our favorite bridge finds. A word of warning though, this list is NOT for the acrophobic…
1. Deception Pass
Whidbey Island, Washington
This hauntingly beautiful bridge connects Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island, and it’s the most-visited state park in Washington for a reason. The bridge is especially stunning at both sunrise and sunset. During the day, enjoy the view from a whitewater kayak or enjoy the 38 miles of hiking trails.
2. Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur, California
This canyon-crossing bridge is a must-see on any West Coast road trip. This bridge was a major architectural accomplishment when completed in 1932, and to this day it is one of the most stunning stops on Highway 1. With the greenery above and the breathtakingly blue water below, this is a special sight at any hour, but the view is best as the sun sets over the water.
3. High Steel Bridge
Mason County, Washington
This historic bridge was built as part of the logging railroad in 1929. Now, the bridge is part of Olympic National Forest and offers the type of view the Pacific Northwest is known for: lush forest, shining blue water, and typically some fog. At 365 feet high, it’s a view you won’t forget.
4. Bridge of the Gods
Cascade Locks, Oregon
Linking Oregon and Washington over the Columbia River, this bridge serves an important purpose for commuters and travelers. It is a most welcomed sight for those hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, as the lowest point of the PCT and a sign of civilization. Cascade Locks is the only city the PCT directly passes through, and it’s an inviting community for hikers to rest. Beyond the PCT, this bridge offers an awe-inspiring view of the Columbia River Gorge and access to many hiking trails in both Oregon and Washington.
5. Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California
While this symbol of San Francisco is an obvious go-to, it’s impossible not to include it on this list. The Golden Gate Bridge is truly worth seeing from all angles -- San Francisco, Marin Headlands, driving over it, and boating under it. It’s no wonder why 10 million people visit this architectural achievement each year. Even if “tourist” stops aren’t your thing, nothing feels more San Francisco than the sight of the “international orange” through the fog.